Where do I start? Kids just love acting all grown up, don't they?
Give them a wooden toy kitchen with a hob, an oven and a sink, and they'll enjoy hours of pretend cooking and washing up. Chances are, as they grow older, some will continue to enjoy the cooking part, but none will like washing up afterwards. Funny, that!
For more kitchen role-playing fun, there are great metal pots and pans cooking sets, picnic baskets with quality crockery and cutlery and, of course, lots of wooden play food, much of which can be cut and then cleverly velcroed back together again.
This toy food is also the perfect accessory for our wooden play shops and market stalls. Pop your selection onto your shelves or into the display baskets and give Tesco a run for their money.
One of our play shops also ingeniously transforms into a puppet theatre, making it a great value and space-saving option. Putting on a puppet show for mum and dad or friends is a great way for little ones to develop and showcase their communication skills.
Also included in this section are mini versions of tool boxes, gardening sets, doctor's cases, ironing boards and other toy versions of similar everyday items, so children can mimic our efforts at keeping things in reasonable order. Isn't it amazing how much fun kids can have doing things we might consider a chore? Getting out my ironing board has never managed to bring a smile to my face, never mind make me giggle!
Then there are branded play sets, such as Playmobil and Lego, as well as traditional wooden play sets such as a gorgeous toy farm, which allow children to immerse themselves into their favourite mini world.
Role-playing plays an important part in a child's social and communicative development - just as well it is so enjoyable! Plus, it is so easy for adults to join in, which makes it even more fun for everybody involved, so ignore the real washing-up and get into the toy kitchen instead!